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Animal Rescue – with app giveaway

21 Mar

PatrickGeorge create clever, bright and fun interactive books. I have raved about their books before and now I have something new to shout about. They have produced their first app – Animal Rescue – and I have a promo code to give away so the lucky winner can download the app for free.

Animal Rescue is based on the book of the same name, released in 2015. The book uses PatrickGeorge’s trademark transparent pages to allow you to interact with the book and become an animal rescue hero. Each page shows an animal that needs rescuing and the transparent sheet allows the reader to turn back time and rescue them. Some are a simple placement, like the bear:

While some use clever design to alter the images:

There are no words in the book, or the new app version, allowing the reader to choose the words that are age appropriate. Animal Rescue is a fantastic introduction to animal welfare and a great springboard for discussion.

The Animal Rescue app uses the same transparent sheet concept but animates the whole process. The pictures come to life and the background sounds make the animals’ environments even more realistic. By swiping your finger across the screen you can turn the transparent sheet and rescue the animal, collecting a cheer and an app sticker as you do so. 

The app even has extra animals to rescue, including one that is particularly close to my heart!

PatrickGeorge have a real talent for strong design and equally strong messages. This app is bold, bright, stylish and smooth to use. It’s a great app for classrooms to use as a discussion starter.

To win a promo code to download the app for free, head over to twitter and retweet the competition tweet.

The app is available now through the App Store. You can get your copy of the book here.

Thanks to PatrickGeorge for providing the promo code for this giveaway.

Santa is coming to a town near you!

2 Dec

This competition is now closed. Polly was the lucky winner. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Santa is Coming to Sussex by Steve Smallman and Robert Dunn has been a very pleasant surprise. I am quite sceptical when it comes to personalised books that put your name or town in the spotlight. I worry that they will inevitably lose out on story and become contrived. I’ve had to eat my words with this series though, as Santa is Coming to Sussex has become a special family sharing book since it was plucked from the advent book tree. We love to look through this book together and spot all the places we know and love. The towns we travel through, the buildings we’ve visited, the places our friends live in. I think this is set to come out year after year and hold a special place in our advent celebrations.


Instead of contriving a story around a town, the Santa is Coming to.. series plays on the Rudolph story, focusing on a young reindeer’s first Christmas as Santa’s helper. Santa is busy arguing with his Santa-nav when they get lost in the cloudy skies and it is up to the youngest reindeer to save the day and direct the sleigh to Sussex. When the youngest reindeer hears bells ringing (in this case, Chichester Cathedral) he pulls the sleigh in the right direction and they land safely in Sussex. Well… almost!

The story shows Santa popping into houses and squeezing down chimneys across the county, nibbling mince pies and sipping a little something as he goes. These pages manage to capture the magic of Santa’s visits and build up beautifully to a double page spread of Santa flying over local buildings we know and love. It’s a delicious touch, to be fully immersed in the magic of Santa and then turn the page to see your town. The magic of Christmas brought home. Literally.

And this book has my favourite illustration of a reindeer so far…


Maybe I am a sucker for personalised books after all!

If you would like to win a copy of Santa is Coming to London just add a comment below and I will pull one lucky name from Santa’s sack on Thursday evening. UK only.


Source: Santa is Coming to Sussex bought for the advent tree of joy!
Santa is Coming to London was a slight purchasing error which could potentially work in your favour!